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S5W-20172: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what grants it or its agencies have awarded to the 2 Sisters plant in Coupar Angus; on what dates these were given, and what conditions were attached.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 11 December 2018

On 2 May 2018 the Scottish Government awarded a Food Processing, Marketing and Co-operation (FPMC) grant of £1.389 million to 2 Sisters Food Group (2SFG), Coupar Angus, towards the cost of new poultry meat processing equipment.

Standard FPMC grant conditions applied - including an obligation on the part of 2SFG to complete the investment and retain the assets on site and for the purposes intended for a period of five years from completion of the project. Ongoing monitoring takes place to ensure the objectives of the project are met - including the creation of an estimated 250 jobs. No claims have yet been paid.

Scottish Enterprise support to 2SFG, Coupar Angus, is shown below:

2016

Resource Efficiency Review, September 2016 - SE provided £14,950 of consultancy support to provide a detailed review of efficiency opportunities onsite, covering waste, water, effluent and energy.

2017

Aid for Environmental Protection grant dated 6 July 2017, as amended on 15 March 2018

• Grant offered: £400,737

• No grant paid to date

• Project to reduce transportation, energy and water to lower the environmental impact of site operations.

• The company is required to create 100 new permanent full-time jobs at the premises.

• The grant is also conditional on the company providing SE with a Parent Company Guarantee and a written report confirming that the project has been successful from an environmental perspective.

• The project is expected to be completed by 31 March 2019. The project jobs and project assets will be required to remain at the premises for at least 3 years following payment of the final instalment of grant.

Training Aid grant dated 6 July 2017

• Grant offered: £384,968

• No grant paid to date

• Support training activities as part of the project to support on-site processing at the Project premises, both to reduce costs and to improve sustainability of the Project Premises.

• This would safeguard the 435 permanent full-time jobs at the premises.

• The grant is also conditional on the company providing SE with a Parent Company Guarantee.

• The project is expected to be completed by 31 December 2019. The jobs will be required to remain in place for at least 18 months following payment of the final instalment of grant.